What is the shape of things to come? What kind of architecture is capable of conveying enthusiasm? What character should a place have to effectively stage-set the inventions which have been changing the world and continue to do so to this very day? How should a museum be designed to embrace the history and the future of the automobile? With these questions in mind is how Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart was created.
Its architecture is a double helix, as unique and elementary as a strand of human genetic makeup. Descending through a series of Legend floors and Collection rooms, two intertwined tours ultimately arrive at a common destination: Innovations of the future. The selection of exhibits is as extraordinary as the museum itself, for the first time showcasing key representatives of the company's commercial vehicle history alongside its passenger cars.
Embarking on a journey through time, visitors are carried by lift to a height 38 yards above the ground and transported back in time to the year 1886 - the birth year of the legend that surrounds the pioneering invention of Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz - the automobile. As one legend follows another, the chronological tour descends through seven floors and more than 120 years of automotive history.
How to get there
From Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (central station), take the S-Bahn (urban railway) line S1 heading for Kirchheim (Teck) to Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz), then follow the signage.
Approaching on the A8 motorway from Karlsruhe: at Stuttgart-Vaihingen motorway intersection, join A831 motorway, then take B14 road signposted "Stuttgart-Zentrum". Continue on B10 / B14 road, then follow the NeckarPark traffic guidance system to Mercedes-Benz Arena / Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Approaching on the A8 motorway from Ulm: take exit Esslingen onto B313 dual carriageway; from here follow B10 in the direction of Stuttgart until exit Stuttgart-Ost, then follow the NeckarPark traffic guidance system to Mercedes-Benz Arena / Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Approaching on the A81 motorway from Heilbronn: take exit Zuffenhausen; from here follow B10 in the direction of Stuttgart-Zentrum, then follow the NeckarPark traffic guidance system towards Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt / Esslingen then towards Mercedes-Benz Arena / Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Parking facilities are available in the museum’s car park or in the P4 multistory car park.
Visitors of the museum with a classic car may park this from Tuesday to Sunday exclusively on the hill in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.